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Hands-on with Bike Rivals, where best times are smashed and pizzas are delivered

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with Bike Rivals, where best times are smashed and pizzas are delivered

Today I've been playing Bike Rivals from Miniclip, which is currently in soft launch in a few territories. It's a fast-paced trials-esque game, presented in a simple but effective 2D style, and sporting rock-solid controls that are a mix of tilt and touch. There's been a fair number of these trials games recently, but Bike Rivals distinguishes itself from the pack by being more arcade-oriented than Urban Trial Freestyle and Trials Frontier. Here's a quick hands-on showing how I got on with the game.…


Hands-on with Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon, the free-to-play RPG-lite arena battler

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon, the free-to-play RPG-lite arena battler

Here's a curiosity for all you Marvel fans: Guardians of the Galaxy is getting an iOS game all of its own. Who would have seen that coming a few years ago, eh? What with the new movie on the horizon - which looks ace, by the way - it's been seen by the bigwigs at Marvel and Disney that it's only right for smartphones to get a tie-in. The game - named Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon - isn't out at the moment, at least not globally, but it has been soft-launched on iOS in Malaysia's App Store. It's an arena battle game in which you control a team of heroes and must fight wave after wave of bad guys, and then level up your heroes and kit them out with new gear. Here's my early…


Hands-on with Super Battle Tactics, the explosive game of tanks and dice

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with Super Battle Tactics, the explosive game of tanks and dice

The premise of Super Battle Tactics is simple: you have a team of vehicles, most of which are tanks, and all of which are gaudily decked out in bright colours. You take that team into a battle arena, and pit it against your opponent, who also has a team of colourful military vehicles. You then roll dice to see which team strikes first, and how powerful each vehicle's gun is going to hit that turn, and then proceed to shoot up the place. It's really good fun, and there's a fair chunk of tactical depth in there too. The aesthetic also reminds me of M.A.S.K., and similar vehicle-based cartoons of the eighties, which is definitely no bad thing either. Here's a video of Super Battle Tactics ru…


Hands-on with Sonic Jump Fever, the endless jumper that's made me incredibly cross

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with Sonic Jump Fever, the endless jumper that's made me incredibly cross

I quite like Sonic Jump Fever. As endless jumpers a la Doodle Jump go, it's pretty good, and adds a few neat extras to keep the play exciting. There are bonuses to pick up, special boosts to implement, and leaderboards to conquer so that you can lord it over your friends on Facebook. The tilt controls are responsive, and the presentation is suitably bright. There are loads of enemies too, but they're partly the reason I've got all in a tizz about Sonic Jump Fever. Click the play button below and you'll find out exactly what's got me in a froth.…


Hands-on with Secret Files: Tunguska, the adventure game inspired by one of the biggest explosions in human history

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with Secret Files: Tunguska, the adventure game inspired by one of the biggest explosions in human history

Secret Files: Tunguska came out on PC, Nintendo Wii, and DS between 2006 and 2010. Four years on and it's time for smartphones to get a version, and you'll be pleased to know that it's a pretty decent port, from what we've seen so far. As reported in my hands-on video below, the touchscreen interface is used intelligently, the graphics are high fidelity, and the voice acting is crisp (if a little hammy). There's 12 hours of gameplay in this premium release, and the story is loosely based on real-world events - revolving as they do around the massive explosion that occurred in the Tunguska region in 1908 (click here to fall down a Wikipedia rabbit hole), with a bit of suspense and intrigue…


Hands-on with Urban Trial Freestyle, the hardcore trials game with superb tilt controls

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with Urban Trial Freestyle, the hardcore trials game with superb tilt controls

Urban Trial Freestyle is a port of the home console and handheld title, and here at AppSpy we've been very keen to keep tabs on its development. We had the world first live stream of the game yesterday, and today we have an early look at the game, just before it careers into the App Store.http://www.twitch.tv/appspy I'm really liking this premium trials game, especially the wonderfully precise tilt controls that let you place the bike exactly where you want it to go (if you're a good enough player, of course). There's a bunch of content in here too, plus downloadable levels, unlockable costumes, and upgradeable bikes. Click play on the video below to hear more of my thoughts, and see cra…


Hands-on with Pick A Pet, the match-3 puzzler with a cutesy twist

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with Pick A Pet, the match-3 puzzler with a cutesy twist

By now, AppSpy community, you should know that I'm a fan of the cute, and the sweet, and the oh-my-gosh-kawaiiiiiiiiiii. My fondness for the adorable led me to Pick A Pet, a match-3 puzzler from Irish studio SixMinute, that's just come out on iOS and Android. It's a fun little game, even if it is a little similar to other games in the genre. If there's a unique hook here it's that you're accompanied by a pet, and each of the game's different (and delightful) pets confers a special ability upon the player that will help you through the many stages that lie in wait. Here's a video of the game running, take a look...…


Hands-on with TransWorld Endless Skater, the tricky auto-runner with unique skater controls

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with TransWorld Endless Skater, the tricky auto-runner with unique skater controls

I love skateboarding in games, I adore punk rock, and mobile games are my jam. So when I heard that TransWorld Endless Skater was coming out this week on iOS and Android, and that it contained both skating and punk, I leapt at the chance to do a hands-on video for you lovely guys and girls of AppSpy. Unfortunately I'm not entirely convinced by what the game has to offer. The controls take some getting used to, but once you do they work really well. The different environments look decent, and the fact that they're randomly generated is a neat twist. But the tricks don't look all that impressive, and the skateboarder is clumsier than a traditional auto-running character but more nimble than…


Hands-on with Lumo Deliveries, the ultra-compulsive game that isn't really a game at all

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with Lumo Deliveries, the ultra-compulsive game that isn't really a game at all

In this early impressions video of Lumo Deliveries, I call it “a time-waster”, but that doesn't mean Lumo Deliveries is a waste of time. It's a super-casual delivery game in which you build up your company from one person with a van to... well... more people with vans. There are wait timers galore, and very little of what you might call “gameplay”, but there's a certain appeal in its visual direction and that ever-so compulsive loop of levelling up your crew. I've done a hands-on with the game, take a look at its wheels in motion below, and when you're done there tell us how you define what a “game” is, in the comments.…


We're playing Urban Trial Freestyle for iOS live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Feature By Danny Russell, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
We're playing Urban Trial Freestyle for iOS live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Urban Trial Freestyle will be arriving on the App Store this Thursday for £1.49 / $1.99. But how will it stand up against the competition? Find out for yourself in our exclusive hands-on with the iOS version today! Throughout the stream we'll be giving away four large Urban Trial Freestyle T-shirts signed by Julien DuPont, the Red Bull trials rider who served as a consultant on the game. Be prepared for four bike trials-related questions to answer for your chance to win! The show kicks off as usual at 5pm UK / 9am Pacific / 12 noon Eastern over on our Twitch channel. Be there right on time for a bit of banter as we wait for the regulars to roll in. If you'd like to be a regular,…


Hands-on with Fates Forever, the MOBA designed exclusively for tablet gaming

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with Fates Forever, the MOBA designed exclusively for tablet gaming

For my money, Solstice Arena is currently the best MOBA-on-the-move, but that might well all change soon, as I've been playing Fates Forever, and it's pretty special. The first thing you'll notice when you hit that play button below is how pretty this thing is. Fates Forever draws from a painterly palette, and its 3D models and animation are top-tier. But it's the gameplay that shines the brightest. Everything about it feels custom-made for touchscreen gaming, with a responsive and sensibly laid-out UI, ten minute matches, and solid multiplayer. Have a watch of our hands-on video and then let me know if you think MOBAs are a good fit for tablets (and mobiles) in the comments.…


Hands-on with Midnight Star, the first person shooter from the co-creator of Halo

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with Midnight Star, the first person shooter from the co-creator of Halo

When you discover that there's an FPS, set in space, from one of the creators of Halo, coming to iOS, I think it's safe to say that you should get a teensy bit excited. As soon as I found out that Midnight Star was in production, I knew I was going to simply have to bring you early access footage of the game in motion, and that's exactly what you'll see if you click play below. The game is in soft launch at the moment, and it's likely that it'll be there for quite some time as the Industrial Toys team smoothes out the wrinkles on this first person shooter with pedigree, but for now here's a glimpse of an early part of the game.…


Hands-on with MMX Racing, the monster truck drag racer with astonishing graphics

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with MMX Racing, the monster truck drag racer with astonishing graphics

If you've ever wanted to know what it feels like to get behind the wheel of some seriously powerful (and seriously massive) vehicles, but didn't want to actually bother learning how to drive them, then now might just be your chance. MMX Racing is a drag racer akin to CSR Racing, but instead of pootling about in suped-up sports cars, you're driving something that could probably crush a tank. I went hands-on with the game, and while I liked the mini-game-based racing, it was the visuals that really blew me away. Seriously, click play below and take a look at what I mean.…


Hands-on with Dino Hunter: Deadly Shores, in which I shoot the lungs out of a dinosaur

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with Dino Hunter: Deadly Shores, in which I shoot the lungs out of a dinosaur

As we noted last week, Glu is going to unleash a horde of blood-thirsty dinosaurs upon the App Store pretty soon. That's pretty irresponsible, if you ask me. Thankfully Glu is also providing you with the means to shoot said dinosaurs with high-calibre weaponry: in Dino Hunter: Deadly Shores. I had access to an early build of the game, so I thought go on the hunt to give you some hands-on impressions. Seeing as this is AppSpy, and I know you lovely lot like a bit of ultra-violence, I decided to show you a section in which I shot out the lungs of a Hadrosaurus, and another bit where a T-Rex got it square in the chops. Also I get ripped limb-from-limb at some point too. Click play below fo…


Hands-on with Angry Birds Go!'s Multiplayer Update 1, in which all is not quite what it seems

Feature By Peter Willington, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Hands-on with Angry Birds Go!'s Multiplayer Update 1, in which all is not quite what it seems

I've always said I like Angry Birds Go!, even when it's meant receiving death threats. It's a great kart racer, and though it has its faults, they're minimal. However, even I was wondering why multiplayer wasn't included when it was originally released back in December 2013. Rovio is fixing that with the first part of its big multiplayer update for the game, meaning that races with real people are now possible in Angry Birds Go!. Or are they...? It's not quite as black and white as that, as I explain below...…